Conclusion of Mulivai Sanitation and Water Protection Project – Samoa
The project was to manage the solid waste in the community to protect the river.
The Mulivai Sanitation and Water Protection Project was initiated and completed by
the Mulivai Catholic Youth Group (Mulivai Autalavou a le Lotu Katoliko), with the
assistance of the village Peace Corps Volunteers, David Nacmanie and Karen Corey.
The project called for the construction of rubbish stands, which are elevated platforms
that rubbish bags can be placed on to await pickup. Elevated stands are necessary
to keep dogs and pigs from ripping open the bags and scattering garbage
everywhere. The garbage can then pollute the local source of drinking water.
The initial plan for the project was to construct the rubbish stands out of used
shipping pallets. However, after discussion with other Peace Corps Volunteers and
other villages, the autalavou decided that constructing metal stands with chain‐link
enclosures at the top would be more effective. Although these stands were more
expensive, the stands will last longer, are more effective at trapping rubbish, and are
Materials were transported on the village bus. Male members of the autalavou began construction of the stands on a Monday evening, with work continuing during the week. Construction was completed by Saturday morning and all stands were installed that day.
Because of the increased cost of the materials, only five stands were constructed. The autalavou installed two large stands for areas with especially high rubbish production – the church and the road that leads to the school. The church is located centrally in the village, so one stand serves quite a few families in addition to the church. The school produces a
lot of rubbish, which can now be placed on the rubbish stand. In addition, the four
families that live up the school road now have an appropriate place to dispose of
their rubbish. The three smaller stands were placed in front of houses.
Since the installation of the stands, they have been consistently used by the villagers
living near them, including the school children. Many of the villagers have also
requested their own rubbish stands. They have praised the design and work done
by the autalavou.
In the next month, the autalavou will hold a rubbish clean‐up campaign. They will
also work together with the women’s committee to clean up the vaita’ele, the
swimming and washing area of the river. They also are searching for funds to build
more rubbish stands for the rest of the village.
We wish to thank David for completing this project, and again extend our gratitude to The
Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust
for providing the funding.